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we hope you'll come by and see it if you're in new york. it's worth a trip if you're not. "now" with alex wagner starts now. >> the u.s. secretary of state has been in baghdad looking for political unity. it may sound like it's 2006, but it's not. it's monday, june 23rd, and this is "now." >> the threat left unattended can have grave tragic consequences. >> secretary of state john kerry arrived in baghdad morning. >> to avoid a total political collapse. >> kerry's diplomatic offensive comes as isis takes control of four more iraqi cities. >> iraq could fall apart. >> this is the most successful terrorist operation in history. >> isis is not only advancing and taking their holding ground. >> no terrorist group, not even al qaeda held this much territory and been able to govern. >> it is essential that iraq's
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leaders form a genuinely inclusive government. >> i don't know there are any good options. >> if isis is left unfettered they'll be claiming attacks against the u.s. mainland. >> to have a more massive campaign, we then become maliki's air force. >> we don't want to gets remired in that muck in iraq. >> the president is prepared to take action when and if the president decides that is important. >> the future of iraq and its borders is being rewritten. after seizing three more towns in anbar province yesterday, sunni militants consolidated their control over the entire western portion of iraq. and by capturing the cities over the weekend, isis has now effectively erased iraq's western border with syria. meanwhile, after tens of
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thousands of december certificati dessertions, facing a psychological collapse. secretary john kerry arrived in baghdad today becoming the highest ranking official to visit iraq since its descent. kerry reiterated the need for political unity while emphasizing iraq's fundamental responsibility. >> this is clearly a moment when the stakes for iraq's future would not be clearer. the very future of iraq depends on choices that will be made in the next days and weeks. and the future of iraq depends primarily on the ability of iraq's leaders to come together and take a stand united against isi will isil. not next week. no country has the right to pick
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who leads iraq. that is up to the people of iraq. >> the white house may favor a political solution but it appears the administration is keeping military options very much on the table. secretary kerry made clear today that the u.s. remains serious about confronting the developing terror threat that is isis. >> >> president obama has stated repeatedly, that he will do what is necessary and what is in our national interest to confront isil and the threat that it poses to the security of the region and to our security in the long run. none of us should have to be reminded that a threat left unattended far beyond our shores can have grave, tragic consequences. >> joining me now is political editor and white house correspondent at the huffington post, sam stein and "washington post" columnist e.j. dionne. secretary kerry's language was as pitch as i've heard it since
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the iraq crisis first began and the country first started deteriorat deteriorated. isis revealed its territorial map which is a staggering of islamic caliphate across the world. how much do you think he is laying the groundwork for military air strikes? >> it depends. obviously he has dual audiences, one is a domestic political audience, us essentially talking about this and the other is the maliki government. the administration with kerry at the head of it is trying to thread a needle. trying to make it so maliki feels invested in rallying his own military behind this and at the same time assuring him that there will be support down the road from the americans. but he doesn't want the maliki government to get kplasant. the other thing you have to consider as the administration officials told me, we need to gather more intelligence before we can be confident that our military option is going to be
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effective. there's a reason we're sending a few forces military advisers on the ground because we need to gather intelligence on how far isis has gone and where they are stationed and what would be relatively good targets to hit. there's a lot that remains to be seen with respect to kerry and the military option. >> sam rightfully points out there's two audiences here and domestic audience is not a second audience in so far as it occupies a secondary place in the white house's imagination, it's as important as the audience in iraq. there's a new cbs poll showing what the american public thinks regarding iraq. 42% of the country says america has a responsibility to do something about the hostilities in iraq. 50% says it does not. were you surprised by either one of those numbers? >> no, if anything, i was surprised that the 42%, the interventionist number was as high as it was. there was another question that
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the survey asked that puts it in perspective. they asked if obama was properly handling the problem, 41% said that, which isn't bad given where his numbers are these days. only 29% of americans said we should do more. 22% said we should do less. that 29% says there isn't a lot of appetite for intervention. i suppose the good news for the president is the polls showed real splits within the parties. very small majority of republicans say we have an obligation, very narrow majority of democrats say we do not. the fact that the splits aren't partisan is actually helpful to the administration in trying to make a case. >> you talk about the partisan politics here, sam, the party that is most i think on the hook here and having more of a session on the psychiatrist couch what to do is the republican party. this weekend dick cheney called
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rand paul an isolationist and talking about the need for robust engaged american military. and rand paul, who is i think we can safely -- i think we're allowed to call him one of the leading lights of the republican party here, is decidedly not of that mindset. >> yeah, no, and we wrote about this from the faith and freedom conference on friday where rand paul is causing all sorts of headaches from within the gop. his positions are very popular and crowd loves it but you have elected republicans as well as former senators and former vice presidents in this case. all sort of scratching their head and trying to claw at this man because they believe he's a naive world view. the democrats have a lot riding on this as well. obviously the president is the president. what happens on his watch happens on his watch. if something were to happen in iraq and the country would be destabilized and were to compromise or effect our national security interest, he's
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the one where the buck stops and gets the blame. that's going to wear on white house going forward. >> i mean, e.j., roger cohen has what i call a rant in the new york times where he puts a lot on the president's plate, including iraq, crimea, syria, china's expansion into the south china sea and failure of palestinian peace talks and says they were not coincidences or i'll quote him exactly, perhaps it is a coincidence that all of this has occurred at the moment when the credibility of american power has eroded significantly, perhaps but i don't think so. is that fair? in any way? >> well, i guess the short answer is no, i don't think it's entirely fair. i think a lot of things have been going wrong lately. that's a fact. we didn't want the russians to take over ukraine and didn't want isil to suddenly take gobz of territory in iraq. as sam said, president obama is
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in office so he ends up owning all of this stuff. i think the question that's being asked a lot, is obama tough enough and i think this crisis is an interesting example because i think he's not untough. i think he is reluctant to get us engaged abroad militarily until he sees a real reason to. and i think he's making a case here that he will intervene and perhaps more strongly than he already has, if he thinks our interests are at stake. >> we can't confuse tough with mill tearism. and sometimes you have to be prudent and prudent is strong. one of things the interesting things that rand paul mentioned in his critique, when we intervened in libya, and we started putting our assets on the ground there, we ended up with benghazi and that was a tragedy and it's been certainly plitized since then -- >> a little bit. >> if we want more situations like this, the logical thing is
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to put more assets in dangerous zones -- >> sam, to be fair, this is not -- iraq policy and the syria policy have not played out the way the administration would have liked. >> of course not. >> i do think the president has a clear line of thinking and then what strategy where he always asks what's the end game and final result, what's the extraction policy, they haven't been able to project the outcome they wanted in this part of the world very ervegt effectively. i don't know who could have but it certainly hasn't worked out the way the white house would have liked it to. >> there's been an inability to manipulate world events and showing incredible limits of this on the foreign stage. every action has a reaction. so for instance, when we arm moderate rebels in syria, how confident are we that those rebels will stay -- that those arms will stay in the moderate
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rebel's hands? how confident are we isis won't take those arms? that's essentially what's happening in iraq, they are taking over the army's arms and using them for their own. we have to weigh these things as they come up. i don't think there are any clean solutions let alone good ones. >> e.j., one final piece of this, peter baker has a great piece in the new york times talking about status of force negotiations between the white house and maliki's government. the personal sort of investment that the president and especially the vice president had in drawing down troops from iraq and putting what they base on that point as an end to the war, the vice president has been nearly completely absent in this second round of sort of revisiting iraq. do you -- to what do you owe that? given the problems that biden has been tasked with managing, and his very public role on iraq and fact he has nowhere to be seen at this moment in time. >> first of all, it's something
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that the president himself wants to be very out front on for all reasons we've just talked about. secondly, you wonder what kind of relationship did he develop with maliki. one of the big problems here has been maliki's policies towards the sunnis, we have sent him signals and they weren't powerful enough signals. my hunch is that he and biden just may not be on the best of speaking terms so john kerry goes over. >> and it is an ongoing situation with many angles. sam stein and e.j. die on, thanks for your time. >> thank you. >> after the break, is rand paul a new advocate for voting rights? rand paul would very much like for you to think that he is. yale professor discusses the push to give former felons a chance in the voting booth. that is coming up next on "now." ♪
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can giving felons a second chance give republicans a better chance at the white house? that question is part of senator rand paul's latest effort to reach out to minority voters and perhaps even expand the number of those voters. senator paul will introduce legislation this week that he claims could help as many as 1 million nonviolent felons gain access to the voting both once again. having previously compared federal drug laws to the racist policies he took on fellow republicans on "meet the press" saying they needed to live up to their so-called family values. >> and whose brother, 30 years ago, grew marijuana plants in
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college, made a mistake and would tell you now it's a michig mistake. every time he has to get a job has to check a box convicted felon. if we're the party of believes in redemption and second chances we should be for letting people to have the vote back. >> and maybe helping republicans redeem them sfs among minority voters in the process. >> the face of the republican party needs to be not about suppressing vote but enhancing the vote. >> enhancing the vote says the man who desperately wants to be the face of the republican party come 2016. joining me now is emily bass lon and jamel bu we. my question to you, can rand paul get away with pushing more sort of equitiable voting policy at the same time that the rest of his party is literally trying
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to disenfranchise hundreds and thousands if not millions of voters in this country? >> i think he can definitely do it. there's nothing stopping him from making this appeal and hope he continues to make this appeal. i've written before about the really terrible effect that laws have on communities and individuals. i'm glad to see paul sort of take up this cause because it really is a disgrace that we have close to 6 million americans who can't vote because of prior convictions and felonies. with that said, for this to really be something that helps the republican party and not just makes rand paul look like a good dude, he has to have other republicans on a side joining with him. and while here and there there have been. in my home state of virginia, former governor bob mcdonnell was on the forefront of helping felons get voting rights back in the state. across the south and in other areas, republicans have gone in the opposite direction making it
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tougher for former felons to get their rights back, to say nothing of voter i.d. laws and everything like that, which plenty of evidence accumulating has a substantially negative effect on minority voters. >> we're going to return to the question of rand paul's good dudery. but reforming the prison system, you look at felons not allowed to vote, nearly 8% of america's black population currently cannot vote. in 2010 almost half of the sentenced federal prisoners, 48% held for drug crimes and 8% for violent offenses. where are the courts on this issue in your expert opinion? >> i think the courts are to a large degree waiting for congress. waiting for congress and president to lift mandatory minimum sentences that keep people in prison for long periods and waiting for other kinds of reforms that would really allow for a change in our
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mass incarceration policies. >> we're obviously flipping back and forth between the politics and court side. to go back to politics, when we talk about the republican party at large, we talk about the interparty of warfare and struggle between various factions of the party. rand paul as you point out is i think forthrightly trying to ameal yor ate the bad parts of the party or have a bigger, broader more inclusive message. he's the guy that went to howard university and trying to change the so-called face of the republican party but my question to you is, does this get him -- does all -- i mean, every time he does one of these things, which is to say outreach to a black community or talking to black people in ail way that is more substantive and direct perhaps than his party colleagues. it sometimes works and sometimes totally blows up in his face. and i don't want to invoke the phrase no good deed goes
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unpunished because there's a partisan calculation here. where do you think he is in terms of just trying? does that help? >> again, i think it helps for rand paul. and that's no small thing. i mean, if let's say rand paul re-election race in 2016, ends up -- let's say he's not the president of the united states. he's running just for re-election and ends up get ag larger portion of the black vote than he did before. that shows there's a payoff, however small. if rand paul can build esteam, it sends a good signal to other republicans. the unfortunate fact, too much of the republican party has made this really i think poor strategic and tactful decision, certainly explicit decision to look for votes other than the african-american or even the latino community, sort of drive
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up the vote share among white voters. they've turned away from these sort of substantive minority appeals. certainly you have plenty of voekz visiting inner cities and saying the right words here and there. paul ryan has been doing that for the last two years but it hasn't come with a substantive agenda and rand paul seems to be the only personal do that and again, it may rebound to his benefit but it might be one of those very isolated circumstances. >> emily, if rand paul is talking about giving felons the right to vote, chris christie has taken up the war on the war on drugs if you can call it that. this weekend at the faith and freedom coalition, said that he's -- his own state of new jersey is puring to change the drug use to emphasize treatment for addiction rather than punitive jail sentences. it feels like broadly speaking
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there's a real movement to reform the way we prosecute and deal with drugs and offenders in drug crimes. >> well, there's certainly more bipartisan recognition that we've gone too far on mass incarceration and frankly this is a matter of money. we're spending such an enormous amount of money on the prison population that politicians in both parties are ready to pull back. that said, the sentencing reform package that attorney generic holder backs and that has had some bipartisan support seems to be dying in congress this year. and i want to give rand paul some credit with this felon disenfranchisement move for doing something that might really be against the political interest of the republican party. if his bill were to become law and these people started voting, they would mostly be voting for democrats. maybe he gets credit with moderate swing voters but think about florida.
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1.3 million disenfranchised voters in florida. more than 1 in 5 of the adult black population. >> indeed they could especially in the state of florida. thank you both for your time. >> thank you. >> coming up -- the nsa quietly gets an extension from one of its most controversial data collection programs. details on that coming up next. [ male announcer ] new gain flings! are like music to your nose. ♪ your love keeps lifting me ♪ ♪ ♪ higher and higher [ male announcer ] more gain scent plus oxi boost and febreze for three big things in one gain fling! it's our best gain ever. for three big things in one gain fling! while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. staying active can ease arthritis symptoms. but if you have arthritis, this can be difficult. prescription celebrex can help relieve arthritis pain, and improve daily physical function so moving is easier. because just one 200mg celebrex a day
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all terms used to describe the 11.7 million people who are living and working in america but who have not been granted citizenship. throughout this week we will focus on angles of the em grags debate you may have never considered, what life is actually like for men and women and children who live in this country in secret. we start at the texas border, home to thousands of hidden communities. >> translator: at night it is dark. yes, we need public lighting. >> you've been here for how long? ten years, no lights? >> no maria does not live in a developing country. this is south texas, five miles from the mexican border. >> all of the water comes here. >> reporter: maria lives in the shadows of america, quite literally the dark corners that people don't even know exist. >> they are underdeveloped neighborhoods and don't have as many regulations as we have in
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the cities. >> reporter: ma rta sanchez is a communitier that advocates for low income families, working to improve conditions, access to clean water and public lighting. >> they don't feel like they have the rights met and less dignified as a human being. and that's what happens when people live in the dark areas. >> you can find them all along the southern border in california, arizona and new mexico, but most are in texas. there are nearly 2300 kcolonisa one third of residents live there and all are hispanic. >> a lot of people who live in the cities don't know colonias
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exist. >> half were born in america and therefore u.s. citizens including 85% of them under 18. for those undocumented, the struggle is even tougher, living with the reality of being politicalty invisible and fear of being legally discovered. >> translator: when they check your documents, i'm afraid. >> reporter: maria is undocumented but has four children who were born here. >> do you children know you don't have papers to be here? >> translator: yes, they know. >> reporter: are they scared? >> translator: they don't know they can separate us and i would not be with them. >> reporter: for the men and the women undocumented or here legally, their needs fall on deaf ears. >> the problem is they don't come over here and meet the people and understand they are people like them. >> reporter: eddie cantu is the commissioner elect and will take over in january. >> we know a lot of immigrants as our friends and neighbors and
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hopefully one of these days people realize they are people just like everybody else. >> reporter: that connection is often what's lost in the debate about immigration. sanchez is a resident who came to america more than a decade ago with her husband. >> translator: we crossed in a tire in the night. >> sanchez is one of the 11 million people waiting to see if washington will create a path to citizenship for the undocumented. >> translator: many of the people don't want to do the work we come to do. like clean homes, mow lawns. so then why are they saying we should go? if we go, we're not going to keep contributing to boosting the economy here. >> reporter: sanchez believes she pays her fair share. >> translator: like many we pay taxes. we're not here taking free things. i've supported myself alone. >> reporter: instead sanchez and
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her family paid even higher costs, ones that come with living here illegally. when one of her brothers was injured in america, her mother wanted to visit from mexico. >> translator: my mother died after she drowned in the river. and when i remember that i get very emotional. but i think that's the price i had to pay to be here. >> reporter: for now sanchez will remain in the shadows waiting. >> translator: i have never return to mexico. i'm staying here. and i'm giving the u.s. the bill for that. i'm going to stay and i'm not leaving until there is legalization for myself and my children. >> joining me now is the director of advocacy and policy for united we dream and from houston, who lives in the united states and does not have
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documentation. i was so struck by the conditions in which hundreds and thousands of residents in specific in this part of texas, tens and thousands, the majority of whom are majority citizens and pay taxes the conditions in which they are forced to live because some of them don't have papers and the city and the community feels no reason to give people the basic necessities of american life, including running water, sewage disposal and street lights. my question to you is, we talk about the two americas in which people live in terms of the undocumented and documented and frequently we think of that in terms of the workplace, but certainly it extends to residents, to basic life, basic questions of basic survival. tell us more about the division you've seen in your work? >> i mean, i would say it goes beyond the colonias, my mother
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has been here 15 years and is undocumented. you always rely and depend on interimmediate yar for basic things like insuring a car and registering a car, renting an apartment. you see that there but you certainly see people being taken advantage of and not being able to do things themselves all over the united states, which is why there has been a national push for congress to take up federal immigration reform and why there is a push on the president for him to use his executive authority, within the confines of the law to bring people out of the shadows, to resource people with work permits and resource people so they can ensure their own cars. so they can register their own cars. and they are certainly kind of a deaf ears in washington. there's a problem and this crisis and 11.7 million people who live in the shadows and congress is unable to act and frankly the president isn't coming forward with solutions
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himself either. >> let's talk about what it is like practically to be in a family where you don't have papers. the thing i was struck by visiting folks in texas, at once they so badly want to become citizens and on the same note, it is so -- the stakes are so high, if for whatever reason you reveal yourself to be undocumented and your children are here and they were let's say american born citizens, if you don't get that documentation and if you don't get those papers, you face a very uncertain future and more specifically your children do. >> yeah, that's exactly right. and i grew up with my parents telling me, don't say you're from mexico bought they'll say you're undocumented right off the bat and also growing up living with a fear that any given day, my mom instead of coming to school to pick me up and take me home, could be
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stopped by law enforcement, police officers, meant to protect and serve the community. living with that fear growing up and to this day still living with the fear. my mom is in phoenix, arizona and i still live with that fear one day when she's picking up my younger sister from school, she could be picked up and on fast track to -- deportation. >> let me ask a follow-up to that. it would seem to me in some level that fear of just being taken out of the country and being deported almost trumps the desire to get the papers. >> well, fear paralyzes people and also causes -- it causes ignorance and causes people don't trust the system as a result. and it creates a more unsafe environment. for example, because of the fear of being undocumented, you don't fear -- it affects american
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citizens who also live in that community, making community less safe. the fact that there's fear in undocumented people is not only a detriment to us as undocumented people but people in our communities. >> lorella, you mentioned the go-betweens. there was one person who would serve to get papers or help with driver's license or help with this sort of things necessary to just go about one's daily life. and that sort of sorgs is basically just accepted at this point, that if you don't have your papers, there will be someone that sort of helps you out. which is totally untenable and also not fair. something that people don't recognize, according to the institute on taxation and economic policy, undocumented immigrants pay $10.6 billion in taxes, roughly 6.4% of their income. sales tax and half pay income tax as well. >> what i would say, it's not
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just -- it's people in their daily lives who can't meet their very basic needs on their own. people actually end up taking advantage of this vulnerable status for friends and for family. if you have to rent an apartment and someone has to sign your lease because you don't have a social security card, maybe every month you have to pay that person $200 in order to be able to do so. my family and i went through something like that very similar to that in the case of ensuring our car where we found out the person insuring our car was actually charging us for his three cars. so that is what i call an injustice. these are people -- like my mom is ready to come forward. she has come forward and stepped out of the shadows and has been pushing for congress to act and pushing on the president for him to take action. we are ready. we've been ready. we've been contributing and it's frankly -- it is unsafe for the communities and not fair to our people. and there needs to be a solution
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very soon. >> to that point, we just showed footage of the house -- one of the houses we walked through in t . they were being paid for with insane interest rates and basically being borrowed. it is untenable on every single level. thank you both for your time. >> thank you. >> as a humanitarian crisis involving ten and thousands of children grows along the border, lone star senator ted cruz weighs in as only ted cruz truly can. details on that are just ahead. ♪ thoughtful combinations, artfully prepared. fancy feast elegant medleys. inspired dishes like primavera, florentine and tuscany. fancy feast. a medley of love, served daily.
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an april poll by harvard's institute of politics shows that less than one in four, only 24% of young americans will be voting in november. less than a third of millennials see a great deal of difference between pt two major political parties. in the quest to get more to the voting booth, it doesn't help one of america's two major political parties launched an all-out assault on voting rights which will affect, guess, young people and minority. national spokesperson for rock
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the vote, audry gelman. s i'm so glad you're doing this. it's so needed. let's talk about the kids. i'm clearly not one of the kids but the statistics are a little -- they make me dismayed. this is a generation that is hugely going to be affected by our economic policies and our foreign policies and yet there's a disengagement. >> there's absolutely a dis disengagement especially in midterm elections, participation is hovered in the mid to high 20% rate among young people. it's really, really disillusioning, people don't believe midterm elections imt impact them in any way and don't want to be part of the system. what rock the vote is trying to do, you can be part of the system. we want you to be. you should have a say in the
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future of legislation in this country. >> i know you guys are also aware of this sort of voter suppression efforts happening across the country and that that's part of some of your messaging, making people aware that certain legislatures are trying to take away the right to vote. does that acts as an insen tif, you may not like this bubut it' taken from you. >> millennials like to talk and be heard. we're trying to convince people, show the haters wrong, show up and express yourself. >> that should be the slogan. >> we're considering it, it's on the table. i think the efforts under way to roll back access to the polls in dozens of states across the country are incredibly concerning. and especially in states like north carolina where a number of policies that directly impact young people, including preregistration of 16 and 17-year-olds which has now been
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eliminated and mandatory high school registration drives to vote, which has now been eliminated. same day voting registration which has now been eliminated. those are policies that would make it more convenient. and they are being eliminated. >> how do you get to them? we know that you are a participant in the fabulous show girls and that focuses on a lot on this kind of self -- this very me generation we'll say. and i guess when you're thinking about this group of young americans, do you think they've been fairly characterized? what works? are you doing social? what -- >> rock the vote is doing meeting young people where they are, which is online, 90% of young people use the internet. 60% use it with mobile smartphones, we launched a website today mobile friendly and probably the easiest website that exists to register to vote online. i registered when i was 18 years old and i can tell you i get e-mails every day, incredibly
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informative. the thing that inspires me about rock the vote, their history of engaging cultural influencers and actors and entakeners and innovators. when they harness them to engage young people it lifts us all up. >> i have very fond memories of rock the vote. i'm glad it's still getting rocked by people like you. thank you for your efforts. democracy in action. always great to see you, my friend. >> after the break, ted's excellent adventure. that was supposed to be rick and ted's excellent adventure. to the u.s.-mexico board e. it was not as funny as it once was. coming up next. to map their manufacturings at process with sticky notes and string, yeah, they were a little bit skeptical. what they do actually is rocket science. high tech components for aircraft and fighter jets.
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we are witnessing a humanitarian crisis unfolding, that is the direct consequence
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of president obama's lawlessness. president obama lawlessly granted amnesty to 800,000 people here illegally who entered as children. and the direct consequence of that lawlessness, of that amnesty, we have seen the number of children taking the incredible risks that are entailed with coming across the border grow xpoen ent shally. >> that was senator ted cruz unloading a host of misinformation after touring a detention facility housing undocumented immigrants, many of them children, who crossed into texas. the part senator cruz got right the fact that america is experiencing a humanitarian crisis. but he's basically wrong about everything else. the spike started in 2009, long before the white house outlined a path to citizenship for so-called dreamers and long before the senate took up comprehensive immigration reform. as for cruz's paranoid claims of
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lawless amnesty, they don't even qualify for deferred action. deferred action or as cruz calls it lawless amnesty only applies to immigrants who arrived in 2007 or earlier. this new wave of migrants owes a huge amount of desperate situations far south of the border, central american countries including el salvador and guatemala where the majority of migrants are coming from, they have seen soaring rates of drug related violence and homicide. as the daily beast reports today, by making countries so dangerous and unliveable for their poorest citizens, the drawing cartels have effectively created an insen tif to people to flee to supplant the left by the drop in mexican migrants. to get the 50,000 children stranded on america's border out of harm's way, the solution is, of course, to pass comprehensive immigration reform, something republicans and very
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specifically something ted cruz has made nearly impossible. the next time senator cruz decides to leave washington in search of a cause to call his own, it would probably be better for everybody if he made it a one-way ticket. that's all for now, i'll see you back here tomorrow at 4:00. "the ed show" is coming up next. >> good evening, americans, welcome to "the ed show", i'm ready to go. let's get to work. ♪ >> there's rebellion brewing. >> this add administration has assaulted our civil liberties. >> this is what they call red meat for the bait. >> passed a resolution calling for the impeachment of president barack obama. >> tell the federal government we've had enough. >> they went over there for a couple of days. >> we win this revolution. >>

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